IT Job Market growth exploded in 2018 with over 107,000 new jobs added. In the past ten (10) years only twice have over 100.000 new job been added. For the first time since 2015 have the number of new job created exceeded the the number of graduates for the U.S. university system.
2018 was a banner year for IT job market growth with 107,100 new IT jobs created. Driving this is a booming economy and a move by many corporations to ERP and Blockchain applications
At the same time the median salary paid to all IT professionals now is over $93,000 and projected to be over $100,000 in a very short time. Salaries are higher in large enterprise (those whose revenues exceed $250 million per year and / or employ over 1,200 individuals.
Median Salaries for IT professionals now are $93,077 and forecasted to be around $98,000 by 2020.
Jobs in demand like blockchain and ERP,currently command over $100,000 and some over $200,00
IT job market size and median salaries paid are driven up by the demand and bright economy prospects
Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices every organization needs to follow
DR / BC planning requires a robust program that is constantly updated and monitored
Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices as defined by over three decades of DR and BC practice by Janco Associates. Experience is based on having operated in earthquake zones, hurricanes, and terrorist attacks.
Janco’s principles created the Disaster Recovery Plan that was implemented by Merrill Lynch (ML) on 911. The plan was activated within minutes of the attack and only 52 seconds of transactions were lost. The top 10 best practices that are followed in all DR/BC plans that have been created by us are.
Focus on operations – people and process that drive the enterprise are the primary issues that DR and BC are controllable. Implementing a planning and recovery environment is an ideal time to define an approach based on best practices that address the process and people issues effectively. In the case of ML the plan was activated in the computer room while the CIO was on a plane over the Atlantic.
Have at least one recovery site in place – Before an event there need to be plans in place for not only operation of computer but also for location of operations staff. Cloud managed computer operations can work when a disaster is in a limited ares. However it is is wide ranged like a hurricane the issues can be problematic.
Train everyone on how to execute the DR and BC – People are the front line when it comes to supporting the enterprise. A staff that has not been properly trained in the use of the DR and BC when an event occurs will we hindrance. Everyone must have the knowledge and skills to provide the right support. The primary focus is to reduce downtime, it also delivers better performance and a faster ROI through better and wiser use of IT assets.
Have a clear definition for declaring when a disaster or business interruption occurs that will set the DR and BC process into motion – There needs to be a clear processes for allocating resources based on their criticality and availability requirements. This will define the “rules of the road” for who does what and when while minimizing the factors that can negatively impact enterprise operations.
Integrate DRP and BCP with change management – Changes are inevitable in any sizable environment. It is difficult to keep up with the flood of new applications, technologies, and new tools. That is why it is essential to design, implement, and continuously improve change and configuration management processes.
Focus on addressing issues BEFORE they impact the enterprise – When you are aiming to operate at the speed of business, after-the-fact fixes do not make the grade. These days, you need to anticipate trouble and head it off before it happens. It is important to identify risks across people, process, and technology so that appropriate countermeasures can be implemented. You should also make sure that vendors provide an appropriate level of support including proactive features such as critical patch analysis and change management support.
Have an Incident Communications Plan in place – The incident communication plan should cover all interested parties from customers to employees and investors.
Validate that all technology is properly installed and configured right from the start – a technology solution that is properly implemented in terms of its hardware, firmware, and software will dramatically reduce problems and downtime in the future. Proper initial configuration can also save time and reduce issues with upgrades, hot patches, and other changes.
Monitor the processes and people to know what critical – many of today’s enterprises are experiencing a capacity crisis as they reach the limits of reduced budgets, older facilities and legacy infrastructures. Space is tight. Power and cooling resources are over-burdened. Implementing new solutions in inefficient environments may limit their ability to recover from an event. An assessment that examines and analyzes the enterprises environment’s capabilities and requirements can provide valuable information to help improve efficiency.
Test often – a DR BC plan is not a static document. Things change and new individuals are involved as staff changes.
Top 10 in Demand IT Skills to drive median IT Salaries up
Top 10 in Demand IT Skills are primary drivers for the increase in IT Median Salaries. A secondary factor is the limited supply of IT professionals as the economy continues to boom.
Median Salaries for IT professionals now are $93,077 and foretasted to be around $98,000 by 2020.
There are a number of skill that the booming economy places a high value on. Janco’s analysis of the IT job market concurs with this list of in demand skills.
Java (SE and EE) is significant expansion of the skills required and programming language that has been around since the introduction of Java.
Lawson ERP software which has a focus on HR, customer service, and manufacturing needs unique application knowledge to implement is in high demand.
SAP for manufacturing industrial use – With manufacturing companies increasingly undergoing digital transformation and compliance on the rise, SAP are in high demand.
Compliance expertise – CaCPA and GDPR skills have an increased value as companies scramble to hire qualified professionals who could help them meet compliance mandates
SAP Forecasting and Replenishment is designed to help retail and food companies automate forecast and replenishment planning.
SAP Point-of-Sale Data Management is a point-of-sale management solution that allows sales data to be quickly transferred from the cash register to a back-office system automatically throughout the day
SAP FS (Insurance) is designed specifically for the insurance industry. It helps organizations streamline operations, improve customer engagement and gain deeper insights on potential risks.
Microsoft VISIO – a big data tool that is a data visualization program that lets users take complex data and turn it into easy-to-read charts, graphs and flow charts
Data Visualization are growing in demand as more companies turn to data analytics and business intelligence for decision-making, risk assessment and process improvements.
Quantitative analysis and regression analysis are quantitative research methods that are used for modeling and analyzing large amounts of data with several variables. They’re important skills as businesses try to make sense of all the data they’ve collected over the years.
IT Job Market Explodes with 107,100 new Jobs added in 2018
IT Job Market Explodes with 107,000 new jobs in 2018. In addition, Janco forecasts that an addition 100,000 plus new IT jobs will be added in 2019.
IT Job Market Explodes with the latest adjustment in the number of IT Job in November and December of last yerr. The adjustment added 55,600 new jobs ins the IT job Market
Hiring for IT Professionals continues unabated. The economy is generating demand for more IT Professionals. CIOs are creating new jobs that address the increased focus on security, data privacy, Internet-based operations, and digital automation. Blockchain applications are continuing to demand more resources as seamless information flow is prime operational objective.
The median salary for all IT Professionals based Janco’s latest salary data is $93,077. That is $2,628 higher than the same time last year. Supply and demand are working in favor of qualified IT professionals. Janco forecasts that the median salary for all IT professionals will be in the $97,000 range by the end of 2019 – a $4K increase.
All of this means that it is a good time for those in the IT profession. Not only are they in for better pay but they will be working on projects that impact the operation of the enterprises they are in. The only requirement they have is to stay current and invest in themselves with training in new technologies.
Blog Management is dependant on having a robust security management process implemented. That includes both a Threat and Vulnerability process and an understanding of the business impact analysis
Blog Management – This month we migrated our blog from our old ISP BlueHost. They had given us an introductory offer to host our blog for 3 years for $129. That was great. When we got the renewal notice the price for the same offering was now almost $1,000. We opted out of that arrangement and now host it on another server.
When we tried to restore the history from our backup we found a number of issues that we were not able to resolve with the Updraft Plus WordPress Backup Plugin. Since we had severed our relationship with BlueHost we decided to start our blog fresh with the new provider.
Below are some posts that we have added to this new blog to provide fresh content.